MORRISTOWN, NJ - Morris County Prosecutor Fredric Knapp has announced he is retiring from his current position effective Nov. 1, with his last day being Oct. 13, announced the prosecutor's office.

Knapp has held the position since 2012 after being appointed by then Gov. Chris Christie.

In his letter to Gov. Phil Murphy, Knapp stated: “Please accept my thanks and appreciation for allowing me to serve as Morris County Prosecutor. Having served the people of Morris County and the State of New Jersey has been the highlight of my professional career for which I will be forever grateful to you and to former Governor Chris Christie.”

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Knapp added that he is "exceedingly proud of the men and women" of the prosecutor's office.

"All are law enforcement professionals singularly dedicated to doing justice," he said. "It has been my distinct honor and pleasure to have led the MCPO and these outstanding public servants. They often perform incredibly brave and selfless acts in the line of duty, unrecognized by the public, for which they should all be commended.

Knapp said he plans to relax and spend more time with his family, especially his grandson, in the coming months and to pursue other professional endeavors."